Beyond the library: Best study spots for summer class

Summer brings a whole new array of beautiful study spots to enjoy — here are the best places to learn while enjoying the lazy beauty of a Madison summer. Also, tell us your favorites in the survey at the bottom for your chance to win some Badger swag.

Memorial Union Terrace

Memorial Union Terrace is the perfect spot to spend the warm summer days. Grab your textbook and your friends and spend some time enjoying the outdoors. During your study breaks, grab some food at the restaurants inside the Union.

Tapping into a wireless computer network hot spot on the Memorial Union Terrace, undergraduate student Kristin La Fortune works on an architectural graphics assignment while having online course syllabi information readily available on her laptop. A senior studying biomedical engineering, La Fortune uses the wireless network every day and "likes being able to go anywhere" on campus while still having online access. ©UW-Madison University Communications 608/262-0067 Photo by: Jeff Miller Date: 09/04 File#: D100 digital camera frame 7528

Bascom Hill

Take off your shoes and feel the grass between your toes on Bascom Hill. On the sunniest days it may be hard to find a spot. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

People relax and study on Bascom Hill at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during spring on May 14, 2013. In the background is Bascom Hall with iconic "W" crest banners hanging from the building's columns. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

The Student Activity Center (SAC)

If it’s a rainy day, a place to spend some time inside would be at the Student Activity Center (SAC). Located on the third and fourth floors of 333 East Campus Mall, it conveniently has desktop computers and printing services.



Outside at a coffee shop on State Street

UW-Madison doesn’t lack coffee shops, especially on State Street. This is a hot spot for not only students, but also for other Madison residents. No matter what the day of the week, a coffee shop is the perfect place to spend your morning before it gets too hot. Outdoor seating provides the perfect spot to read, write or catch up on vocabulary for your next quiz.

Sunlight shines on storefronts and restaurants along the State Street pedestrian mall, just east of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus in downtown Madison, Wis., during a mild autumn day on Oct. 23, 2007. Included, from left to right, are Chin's, Fair Trade Coffeehouse and the Wisconsin State Capitol. ©UW-Madison University Communications 608/262-0067 Photo by: Jeff Miller Date: 10/07 File#: D200 digital camera frame 3817

Picnic Point

No matter the season, Picnic Point is always a beautiful and relaxing spot to study. You won’t get any Internet access out there, so bring a textbook to read or some worksheets to complete, or simply enjoy your study break in a peaceful spot.

At dawn on March 13, 2012, a runner stops to stretch and take in the sunrise view of the Lake Mendota from a newly constructed, stone gathering circle and fire pit at the tip of Picnic Point at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to the installation of broad stone steps that now lead visitors to the shoreline, staff and volunteers also cleared the tree-lined area of invasive buckthorn shrub. Picnic Point is part of UW-Madison's Lakeshore Nature Preserve. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)


The Discovery Building (WID)

Bringing the outdoors inside, this air-conditioned building has plenty of beautiful spots. And with two restaurants, it’s a convenient place to hang out all day. The greenery inside with make you feel like you’re outside.

The curved walls of a spiral staircase frame a fisheye-lens view of banners hanging in the Town Center atrium of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (WID) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Nov. 28, 2011. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

 Now it’s your turn, tell us your favorite spots on campus to study during the summer. Complete this survey to be entered to win some Badger swag.

– Sara Griswold